All posts by emmalouisebackeanthro

About emmalouisebackeanthro

I am a PhD candidate in the Anthropology Department of George Washington University, with an MA in Medical Anthropology. My research deals with the politics of care for survivors of gender-based violence in the United States and South Africa, and I do consulting work in international development and global health related to gender. I regularly tweet at @EmmaLouiseBacke.

Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Problems of Magic Bullet Heroism

Spider-Man: No Way Home and the Problems of Magic Bullet Heroism

While I admire the decision to try to help each of Spidey’s foes—particularly since the Avengers have never met a problem they don’t try to punch their way out of—the curative ideal that Spiderman peddles tells us a lot about how the US in particular addresses public health problems, the medical and social ills that the country chooses to “cure” or address through vertical, top-down tactics.

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

2021 gave us new ways to think about virtual presence and digital connection through Minecraft; the role of a mediated and mediatized grief in Wandavision; the Marxist politics underlying GameStop stock; the ongoing importance of centering repatriation in the practice of archaeology; and the bureaucratic magic of Loki.